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Entry Rules for UK Nationals Travelling to EU During Spring Half-Term Dates

British citizens can now travel to the European Union as many member states have eased national entry rules and restrictions, making travel there more attractive.

Currently, the countries with the most entry requirements for Britons, and therefore all third-country nationals, are Germany, France and Greece, reports.

Unvaccinated UK citizens must quarantine for ten days upon arrival in Germany, as the UK is considered a high-risk area. The self-isolation time can be reduced to five days if the traveler takes another test on the fifth day of quarantine.

Britons traveling to France must submit a PCR or antigen test taken 48 hours prior to arrival if they have been vaccinated, as well as a certificate of vaccination and a statement claiming the holder is not currently infected with COVID-19. On the other hand, unvaccinated UK nationals must submit a PCR or antigen test performed 24 hours after departure.

Furthermore, Britons visiting Italy are required to present a valid vaccination certificate or take a PCR test 48 hours before departure. Just like other arrivals from Italy’s List D, Britons are required to undergo a five-day isolation if they do not have a vaccination or test certificate.

On the other hand, entry to Greece is easy for those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, as no additional requirements apply to this category. However, for Britons who have not been vaccinated, Greece is not the ideal destination as the country imposes strict rules, which include the refusal of banking services, public offices, retailers and shopping malls.

Moreover, local municipalities in Greece are imposing lockdowns as the number of positive cases rises. In addition, the government imposed fines on those who refused to be vaccinated.

Another country to fine those who have not been vaccinated is Austria. Entry into the country is possible if the traveler has completed the initial vaccination course. A booster injection or negative PCR test is required for those who present a refund certificate.

Unvaccinated Britons must undergo a 10-day quarantine upon arrival, with the isolation period potentially ending after five days by taking another COVID-19 test.

Spain, which has one of the UK’s tourism source markets, imposes moderate entry rules. All Britons are required to present a certificate of vaccination, which cannot be older than 14 to 270 days. If the traveler cannot provide such a document, a PCR test that is performed within 72 hours of departure is accepted. In addition, an antigen test is also valid if it is performed within 24 hours of departure.

While arriving in another Mediterranean country, Croatia, a PCR test 72 hours prior to arrival or an antigen test performed within 48 hours of departure is required, as well as a vaccination certificate.

Furthermore, when traveling to the Netherlands, UK nationals must present a vaccination or refund certificate, as well as a PCR test taken within 48 hours of departure or an antigen test done within 24 hours prior to arrival.

Non-essential travel in Portugal is allowed, for all UK nationals, provided they have a valid vaccine, recovery certificate or test taken 72 hours prior to boarding (PCR test) or 24 hours prior to arrival (antigen test).

Various entry requirements apply to the Autonomous Communities of Madeira and the Azores. In order to visit Madeira, the traveler must complete the health clearance 48 to 12 hours before departure and upload any of the required documents.

On the other hand, unvaccinated passengers must take a PCR test upon entering the Azores if they have not done so before boarding. Until the test result is released, it is necessary to stay in self-isolation at the hotel.

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